Open-source BCAL LiDAR Tools has been updated to remove the dependencies on ENVI Remote Sensing software.


Idaho LiDAR Consortium and FEMA has prepared a specifications for LiDAR and other high quality digital topography data


BCAL organized LiDAR processing workshops in Pocatello, ID and Sydney, Australia

LiDAR helps discover new fault

While looking at a highly detailed new topographic image of Idaho’s Sawtooth Range, Idaho State University geosciences professor Glenn Thackray had an "eureka moment" when he discovered a previously unknown active earthquake fault about 65 miles, as the crow flies, from Boise. ISU researchers estimate the fault has been active twice in the last 10,000 years, about 4,100 and 7,000 years ago.

New LiDAR Acquisition by FEMA

June 8 - June 17, Aerometric, a contractor hired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X, will be flying an aircraft-mounted Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) laser sensor to map 875 square miles of Idaho floodplain. This LiDAR data will be processed to make enhanced digital topographic maps. IDWR prefers to use LiDAR data for mapping Idaho floodplains because LiDAR is a floodplain mapping best practice for superb accuracy, resolution, precision, cost effectiveness and utility.

Woodpecker Habitat from LiDAR

Researchers from University of Idaho have proved they can predict the presence of the Pileated Woodpecker in a coniferous forest in northwestern Idaho, using small footprint airborne lidar, large footprint satellite lidar from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS), and field survey data. The results were presented at the annual meeting of American Geophysical Union (AGU) in December, 2010.

LiDAR Processing Workshops


Idaho State University, Boise Center of Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) organized workshops on LiDAR processing during Intermountain GIS Conference in Pocatello, ID (March, 2011) and International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment in Sydney, Australia (April, 2011). A similar workshop was previously organized in August, 2010 during NSF EPSCoR Annual Meeting in Boise, ID. A significant part of the workshop was focused on processing LiDAR data to create derived products useful for watershed modeling.

FEMA Standards for LiDAR


Beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a five-year program for Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP). FEMA’s vision for the Risk MAP program is to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and leads to mitigation actions that reduce risk to life and property. To achieve this vision, FEMA will transform its traditional flood identification and mapping efforts into a more integrated process of accurately identifying, assessing, communicating, planning for, and mitigating flood risks.

3D LiDAR Visualization

Idaho State University, Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) is developing new methods to visualize and interact with hyperspectral and LiDAR remote sensing data. As these data are becoming increasing complex, new methods for fusing and interacting with the data are necessary for leveraging their multidimensionality. With a new immersive
3D system resulting from a collaboration between Idaho Universities and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), scientists can explore multiple dimensions of data that, until now, could only be viewed two dimensionally.

New BCAL LiDAR Tools


Open-source BCAL LiDAR Tools has been updated to remove the dependencies on ENVI Remote Sensing software. The tool can be run in any computers (PC, Mac, Unix) with IDL Virtual Machine (VM), which can be downloaded for free from ITTVis.